We are thrilled to announce that Wendy Harris, the Regional Innovation Officer at the Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub, has been honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2024 Women of Influence. This prestigious recognition highlights her significant contributions to the biohealth industry and her unwavering commitment to personalized healthcare and economic growth in the region.

The awards ceremony, held on June 5, 2024, at the Baird Center in downtown Milwaukee, was a grand celebration attended by nearly 700 business and community leaders. Wendy was among 30 remarkable women recognized for outstanding achievements across various sectors. The event brought together honorees’ families, friends, and colleagues, all gathered to celebrate the impact these women have made in their communities.

Wendy’s journey in the biohealth industry is truly inspiring. With over three decades of experience at GE HealthCare, she now leads a consortium of 18 companies within the Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub. Her focus on personalized medicine is not just professional; it’s personal. As a breast cancer survivor, Wendy’s passion for advancing personalized healthcare is fueled by her own experiences and triumphs.

Taking on the role of Regional Innovation Officer was a bold move for Wendy. After leading large teams throughout her career, this new position presented unique challenges and opportunities. “Taking on this role with no employees after 33 years in industry was daunting,” Wendy shared. “But I thought: If not me, then who? I am excited to see what we can do in Wisconsin.”

Wendy’s leadership style and strategic vision have been instrumental in driving innovation and collaboration within the biohealth sector. Her advice to other businesswomen is simple yet profound: “Just do it. What is the worst that can happen? Any outcome will be fine. You are talented, and if your company does not realize that after a mistake, then why are you there?”

Wendy Harris’s recognition as a Woman of Influence is a testament to her dedication, expertise, and pioneering spirit. We are incredibly proud of her achievements and look forward to the continued positive impact she will make in the biohealth industry and beyond.

Congratulations, Wendy, on this well-deserved honor! Your leadership and vision are truly making a difference in Milwaukee and beyond.